Urban Science

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Urban Science Reviews

Updated November 10, 2014
Updated November 10, 2014
57 Reviews
3.1
57 Reviews
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Good technology, smart people, certification program for practice areas is a good idea (in 5 reviews)

  • Lots of good people still working there (in 3 reviews)


Cons
  • Senior management doesn't respect or understand software development (in 7 reviews)

  • Outdated development process (lacks industry standards) (in 5 reviews)

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Employee Reviews

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  1.  

    Fantastic place to get feet wet in the water

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Analyst in Detroit, MI
    Former Employee - Analyst in Detroit, MI

    I worked at Urban Science as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    Good exposure, plenty of tasks to keep busy

    Cons

    Management may not have as much time for you as others

    Recommends
  2.  

    Good company with a lot of potential

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Detroit, MI
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Detroit, MI

    I worked at Urban Science full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Ability to work remotely, decent benefits, great location at the RenCen in Detroit

    Cons

    Middle management, salary is okay but not great

    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Great culture

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Associate
    Current Employee - Associate

    I have been working at Urban Science full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    The people are definitely the best part. Most employees are between ages 20-30 so its a young crowd. The company also does a great job of fostering a good working environment and giving its employees time to do fun activities such as Tigers games and foosball matches. Working downtown is also another great bonus.

    Cons

    The work can be tedious and boring. Upper management tends to not listen to less experienced people and is conservative with their choices. Too much emphasis on how can we increase NOC vs innovation and employee happiness.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5. 2 people found this helpful  

    Inefficient software company

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Urban Science

    Pros

    A good place for unmotivated people. Put in 8 hours and leave. For people who don't care about improving marketable skills and want to be lifers then this is a great place.

    Cons

    If you are interesting in software development and not in Detroit, then you are out of luck. Satellite offices only gives you busy work while Detroit gets majority of new and core development. Local offices rarely have any true experts to learn from. The experts that were here left or is uninteresting in helping others. Best phrase that describe this place is "The Blind leading the Blind". Rarely do you find someone that knows more than the basics of any technology in the office. Leadership is only interesting in hiring cheap new grads instead of experts. Inefficient processes, lazy managers, and no one wants to take ownership of projects during the SDLC. Only when a project succeeds do people raise their hands for project ownership. Constantly throwing people under the bus whenever a project is late or over budget. Only reason why the company has survived so long is because there were only one other competitor in the market. New competitors are showing up now and they are winning over clients easily. Company is barely profitable due to inefficient processes. Spending a 1 hour team meeting to watch one person manually enter task hours in MS Project is not cost effective.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Don't try to be a software company if you are not prepared to invest in QUALITY software. Repeatedly saying your software is best in class does not make it true.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  6.  

    Company state is unknown

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    Current Employee - Associate Developer in Long Beach, CA
    Current Employee - Associate Developer in Long Beach, CA

    I have been working at Urban Science full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Cool people, decent upper management

    Cons

    Work is unsatisfying, no innovation, no room to express personal innovation. More worried about revenues than investment in employees and product potential.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Sad!!

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Urban Science full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Work life is good and fun

    Cons

    Management need to grow up and work as a team.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Change!!

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8. 2 people found this helpful  

    Mixed feelings

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Urban Science full-time

    Pros

    Intelligent, innovative, and energetic staff. Great local management fosters open communication, innovative ideas, and employee activities.

    Cons

    Unclear "smoke and mirrors" presentations from corporate/HQ management. Lack of good profit sharing or "pay for performance" bonus system. Profits and client satisfaction reach or exceed "Plan" (highest objective level), but come bonus/compensation time the money doesn't make it down to the hardworking staff.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Urban Science needs to work to better manage employee’s compensation expectations and provide sufficient compensation to top performers in order to retain talent. High turnover plagues progress and fosters uncertainty.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Under new leadership, the company has become a pretty great place to work.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Developer in Detroit, MI
    Current Employee - Senior Developer in Detroit, MI

    I have been working at Urban Science full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    The benefits are good, the work environment is relaxed (casual dress code, foosball tables, etc.), and the offices are newly remodeled and modern. The CEO seems friendly and invested in his employees and their happiness with their job; he regularly stops by a lunchroom to talk to people. The work day hours are flexible. Working from home when necessary is not a problem. Since I was hired, I've seen the company go through some major changes (including the ousting of a truly inefficient CIO), and things have gotten consistently better. Now the promotion and raise system is firmly scheduled and has open, fair requirements. After a period of bad management where employee turnover was pretty high, the company seems to have gotten better at retaining employees and learning from their previous mistakes. There is lots of room for growth in this company for an employee who is competent at their job and wants to expand their role.

    Cons

    While company policy is to not overwork it's staff and, when crunch time is absolutely necessary, provide extra vacation days, some managers will try to keep their teams in constant crunch mode. (However, HR is very friendly, competent, and happy to work with employees, including on pushing back against long hours and monitoring situations that are brought to their attention.) If you get bounced from project to project as a pinch hitter, sometimes it falls upon you to make sure promises previous mangers made are actually fulfilled.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    There are excellent policies in place regarding promotions, raises, life-work balance, etc., but in order to keep employees happy, make sure they are consistently enforced across all departments.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Open and Encouraging Environment

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Data Analyst in Long Beach, CA
    Former Employee - Data Analyst in Long Beach, CA

    I worked at Urban Science full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Teams are willing to listen and support innovative ideas. People here are multinational, creative and analytic individuals who are great to work with.

    Cons

    In general, consulting companies are very elastic and the team you are in now can change drastically depending on cash flow.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Urban Science takes pride in having the best in class people, keep up the good work.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Great people and challenging projects

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Urban Science

    Pros

    The people their are top notch. Company provides solid compensation. The projects are interesting and there is great innovation happening.

    Cons

    Sometimes we seem to spin our wheels planning and knick-picking instead of taking action. I wish we spent a bit more resources in research and forward thinking instead of fire-fighting.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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